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NEW Michael Close e-book

I've been keeping this pretty tight until it got closer but I've been fortunate enough to be privy to a new e-book "Closely Guarded Secrets" that will be out in about 2 or 3 weeks by Michael Close. Yes, you read that right - Michael is tipping his mitt. It is simply unbelievable and an abs...
by Tim Trono
05/18/04 02:28 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: NEW Michael Close e-book
Replies: 95
Views: 11418

Re: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com

Mr. Nagler's "reviews" are obviously colored by bias so I am not sure how they can accurately "help", other than that they expose items which I find ethically troubling. I also find it troubling that some individuals are trying to justify this exposure. In my 28+ years of doing m...
by Tim Trono
02/12/04 01:20 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com
Replies: 103
Views: 12607

Coin Craftsmen

Just wanted to pass on two new unbelievable sources for custom coin work some of the absolute finest work I have ever seen period: Jamie Schoolcraft out of California and Lance Delong out of Texas. Both of these guys have one thing in common: they are 100% perfectionists, unrelenting in quality and ...
by Tim Trono
02/10/04 11:47 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Coin Craftsmen
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com

I am all for honest, responsible reviews good or bad. Honest and open discussion is what makes us grow and learn. The thing that bothers me in this case is the ulterior motives and the about face Mr. Nagler has done on several items as outlined before (and there are several other about faces that I ...
by Tim Trono
02/10/04 11:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com
Replies: 103
Views: 12607

Re: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com

It surprises me that Nagler is still allowed on this board and openly promotes his site which clearly exposes. Even when he does give a good review such as Predator he exposes it thereby hurting the product, the producer, and those of us who purchased it.

Tim Trono
by Tim Trono
02/09/04 03:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com
Replies: 103
Views: 12607

Re: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com

Bill, I find your site to be blatant exposure and ethically and morally disgusting. You fail to give much of the full picture so lets take a little further look so that others may get a better idea that there is more involved here than meets the eye. You fail to mention the fact that Murphys Magic S...
by Tim Trono
02/05/04 05:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: sick and tired of flatulent magic reviews - www.25offmagic.com
Replies: 103
Views: 12607

Looking for Kennedy notes

I am looking to purchase a set of John Kennedy's Lecture Notes other than "Lecture III" which I have. In particular, the set of notes I am most interested in has John's Chinatown Half routine. If you are willing to part with these notes, please e-mail me privately with a price at <!-- e --...
by Tim Trono
09/30/03 09:37 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Kennedy notes
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Was it Right to Divulge the Ultimate 3 Fly Gimmick?

Since this topic keeps getting "off topic" and since we keep revisiting certain prior points let me throw in few thoughts. I am not by any means saying Todd is lying because I consider Todd a friend, ethical, and admire his work but the 1000 number he quoted is apparently pretty far off fr...
by Tim Trono
06/09/03 01:58 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Was it Right to Divulge the Ultimate 3 Fly Gimmick?
Replies: 72
Views: 8825

Re: Was it Right to Divulge the Ultimate 3 Fly Gimmick?

Reed, I think you are totally off on this. I consider us friends and we typically see eye to eye but respectfully I think you are off on this. Obviously, it's nothing personal but just a matter of different opinions. Varied opinions are important. First, I DO totally agree that many magicians expose...
by Tim Trono
06/08/03 04:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Was it Right to Divulge the Ultimate 3 Fly Gimmick?
Replies: 72
Views: 8825

Re: Was it Right to Divulge the Ultimate 3 Fly Gimmick?

In my opinion, such exposure is no different from one magician buying a video tape and then making dozens of free copies for his pals. The end result is that magicians will no longer release their material because they can't make any money. They sell a few tapes and then suddenly the rest of the wor...
by Tim Trono
06/08/03 01:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Was it Right to Divulge the Ultimate 3 Fly Gimmick?
Replies: 72
Views: 8825

Re: Have you heard?

So Ian... basically in direct reference to U3F you are saying Earl Nelson, Eric Mead, Michael Close, Jamy Ian Swiss, Dan Watkins, etc. are foolish and lazy as THEY USE U3F? Apparently you have never seen the skill level of these gentlemen and others using this effect. I think Rosie nails it in her p...
by Tim Trono
06/07/03 06:56 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you heard?
Replies: 81
Views: 5747

Re: Have you heard?

Hi Jim. I am nobody's puppet and speak entirely for myself. I think it's presumptuous for you to think I am speaking for Bob or Thomas Wayne. To call a spade a spade you are one of the people who I mentioned I feel has an ulterior motivation and that is your hatred for Thomas Wayne. I avoided saying...
by Tim Trono
06/05/03 10:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you heard?
Replies: 81
Views: 5747

Re: Have you heard?

Richard, with all due respect, I think you have not taken the time or effort to read the posts and once again jumped too soon and commented prior to understanding the picture. I am friends with both Bob and Todd and have discussed this with both of them. The point of my post was that people should b...
by Tim Trono
06/05/03 02:13 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you heard?
Replies: 81
Views: 5747

Re: Have you heard?

I posted the following on the Cafe: I am friends with both Todd and Bob so would like to address a few points. CNC technology is definitely NOT cheap and thus I would not expect any change in the cost (the cost of CNC machines and thus the cost passed on for their use is VERY high). CNC technology p...
by Tim Trono
06/04/03 11:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Have you heard?
Replies: 81
Views: 5747

Re: hold out fever!

Id have to agree with Thomas. I have been fortunate enough to see the F/K Holdout and although the other models out there are very good, the F/K Holdout takes things to a whole new level. Even Bob Fitch, when initially shown some of the mechanical improvements, advised this was light years ahead of ...
by Tim Trono
04/06/03 12:37 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hold out fever!
Replies: 13
Views: 573

New Ideas with Reality Twister

Although Reality Twister has just been released it has REALLY caught on for those who have purchased it. There have been LOTS of very interesting ideas already starting to be worked on based on Reality Twister. Many people have started to play with it and have already created some terrific ideas... ...
by Tim Trono
01/01/03 11:25 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: New Ideas with Reality Twister
Replies: 14
Views: 388

Ron Bauer Fans

Ron Bauer fans should NOT miss his latest release The Chick Trick. I had discussed this with Ron sometime ago and Murphys will be distributing this and it will be soon available from your favorite dealer. I received a sample today. I immediately thought Ron Bauer has hit yet another home run! This i...
by Tim Trono
12/30/02 04:52 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Ron Bauer Fans
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Re: Ring and rope routines

Thanks for the input. You are right Mike... I just need to try it. It's certainly a fun thing to play with and there are some interesting ideas. One other routine worth mentioning is the Tabary version.

Tim Trono
by Tim Trono
12/28/02 10:02 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Ring and rope routines
Replies: 19
Views: 536

Re: Ring and rope routines

I might also suggest the following: Willi Wessel's Close-Up Ring and Rope Routine (it comes as video, props, and written instructions released through El Duco). It is, in my opinion, one of the best ring and rope routines out. Also, you may want to look at Bracelet and Rope Routine on Vol. 3 of Dary...
by Tim Trono
12/28/02 01:25 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Ring and rope routines
Replies: 19
Views: 536

Re: Darwin Ortiz's new card book

This book is GREAT! This is easily one of THE top books of the year. Buy it! Great production, great material, great thinking, etc. Bravo.

Tim Trono
by Tim Trono
12/21/02 11:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Darwin Ortiz's new card book
Replies: 99
Views: 5763

Re: Paul Harris' Reality Twister is HERE

No. Initially spectator is holding/controlling everything and yet in the end the pen gets this huge twist in it. Although part does rely on an unbelievable optical principle there is more going on. I spent quite a bit of time with Paul in San Diego and I wish you could have seen the reactions to thi...
by Tim Trono
12/21/02 11:39 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Paul Harris' Reality Twister is HERE
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Paul Harris' Reality Twister is HERE

Hi Pete. Hope you are doing well. With Reality Twister you hand out a pen and a credit card size piece of transparent plastic for inspection. The pen is placed on the spectators fingers and you hold the lens just a little above it. You can clearly see the pen on the spectators fingers through the le...
by Tim Trono
12/21/02 11:58 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Paul Harris' Reality Twister is HERE
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Paul Harris' Reality Twister is HERE

We (Murphy's) just received Paul Harris' Reality Twister... it's finally here and it looks GREAT! Do NOT miss this it is super. Paul has really honed this item to perfection. It is super easy to do, very visual, and it is a bargain price. Even the packaging that Ben Harris designed is very cool. Tim...
by Tim Trono
12/20/02 03:21 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Paul Harris' Reality Twister is HERE
Replies: 11
Views: 442

Re: Healed and Sealed Soda

Hi Matt. Thanks for the positive feedback on Healed and Sealed. Anders did a GREAT job with it - great production and great effect. I have already spoken to Anders quite some time ago about Ebony and Ivory. It is basically a linking rubber band routine with white and black bands. It is excellent and...
by Tim Trono
12/19/02 08:12 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Healed and Sealed Soda
Replies: 4
Views: 348

New

I just wanted to let you know about 2 new products that Murphys will be distributing that I am VERY excited about. In addition I want to pass on some thoughts about other products that are out or will soon be out and should be watched for. The first is a DVD created and released by Richard Sanders e...
by Tim Trono
12/13/02 11:38 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: New
Replies: 0
Views: 64

Re: Sack and Sachs

Thanks, Leonard, for the kind words. I too am a big fan of this plot. I owe a lot of thanks for the clarification to Bob Neale, Jim Lewis, John Lovick, Jamy Ian Swiss, and Randy Wakeman. There was a lot of back and forth on this. Thanks also to Richard for printing the piece. Thanks again. Tim Trono
by Tim Trono
11/26/02 01:10 AM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: Sack and Sachs
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Shoot Ogawa

Hi Jonathan. Shoot is really multifaceted but his coin work, in particular stood out for me. He does a purse frame routine that looks incredible. He starts by showing his hands VERY clean and very empty with sleeves rolled up. I thought if he produces something from there Im done and sure enough the...
by Tim Trono
11/16/02 11:32 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Shoot Ogawa
Replies: 32
Views: 1133

Christian Chelman

I am looking to purchase a copy of Christian Chelman's Lecture Notes. If anyone has a set they'd be interested in selling, please contact me directly at TIMTRONO@aol.com Thanks.

Tim
by Tim Trono
11/13/02 01:20 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Christian Chelman
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Re: Palms of Steel 2 is out. Prepare to be Pummelled!

I was lucky enough to sit in on the performances of this material in San Diego and it is stunning coin material not to be missed. I already sent in my order. STRONGLY recommended!

Tim Trono
by Tim Trono
10/28/02 10:10 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Palms of Steel 2 is out. Prepare to be Pummelled!
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Shoot Ogawa

I laughed when reading this as I think we should first remember that the Castle IS a private MAGICIANS club. I DO realize that many many laymen come in but it used to be that the focus was on fooling and making some talk amongst the other magicians. And certainly Shoot can do that more than most Ive...
by Tim Trono
10/27/02 07:39 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Shoot Ogawa
Replies: 32
Views: 1133

Re: Problems w/ L&L Publishing DVDs?

Hi Robert. As Richard had previously noted, there has been a problem with illegally duplicated copies. Thus I would strongly encourage you to contact L&L directly. They may want your DVDs back to take a look at and it would be helpful if you can advise them exactly where you purchased the DVDs. ...
by Tim Trono
10/20/02 09:21 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Problems w/ L&L Publishing DVDs?
Replies: 25
Views: 355

Re: Paperclipped (#@!*)

Thanks for the great post Darwin. It actually helped clear up or solidify some of my thoughts and why I was a little uncomfortable about combining your Dream Card with the paper clip item. Your explanations of what the effect was NOT truly helped. I think this is generally misunderstood so it was gr...
by Tim Trono
10/13/02 11:13 AM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Paperclipped (#@!*)
Replies: 56
Views: 2152

Re: Paperclipped (#@!*)

FYI the folded card in clip plot has also been explored by Alexander DeCova (Treasures # 3 video) and by Todd Lamanske (Get Real Video, Vol. 1, Dream On). I think the card to clip idea knocks them over but I have a few concerns. Not actually having USED this item for real audiences Id love to get so...
by Tim Trono
10/12/02 07:17 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Paperclipped (#@!*)
Replies: 56
Views: 2152

Re: position available

No rabbits or sponge generally... we proudly carry Goshman, the best in the business! Also no puzzle assembling... we buy it all set. But you are correct that the position is definitely a managerial position. It includes overseeing and managing the manufacturing team.

Tim Trono
by Tim Trono
10/09/02 02:05 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: position available
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: position available

If you want to drive it we could work something out LOL.

Tim
by Tim Trono
10/08/02 09:40 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: position available
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: L&L publishing

Hi Scott. Wow. I wonder how they stay in business being that much higher in price and "in" the general magic market (i.e. not tourist driven)?!?

Tim
by Tim Trono
10/08/02 12:27 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L publishing
Replies: 43
Views: 1539

position available

Murphys Magic Supplies, Inc. has an immediate opening for our Manufacturing Manager position overseeing our Manufacturing Department. The individual must be willing to relocate to the Sacramento, California area and be willing to work Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00 PM. Murphys Magic Supplie...
by Tim Trono
10/07/02 11:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: position available
Replies: 9
Views: 178

Re: L&L publishing

PS ... Scott, I can pretty much assure you that generally shops are NOT getting $35 DVDs for $10 not even the distributor is getting them for that. Also, when you mentioned some shops selling an item we consider a $30 video at $43 Id guess what you saw is a tourist shop. There ARE shops that increas...
by Tim Trono
10/06/02 12:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L publishing
Replies: 43
Views: 1539

Re: L&L publishing

My apologies, Chris. You are correct... I was making an assumption of your business when in fact I don't know a lot about it (I know you guys are doing great work, etc. but do NOT know a lot of facts about the actual business). I've said on this and other boards before the danger of making an assump...
by Tim Trono
10/05/02 11:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L publishing
Replies: 43
Views: 1539

Re: L&L publishing

Hi Chris. Although you do certainly raise valid points I don't think your comparison makes this an "apples to apples" situation. The computer business is a multi billion dollar industry. What they generate in a day, the whole magic industry probably generates in a year. I just dont think i...
by Tim Trono
10/05/02 10:18 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L publishing
Replies: 43
Views: 1539
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